| Model Jessica tries out an Ayurveda treatment at Nature Cure & Yoga Research Institute; Pictures by Rashbehari Das
A few kilometres off the city, on Diamond Harbour Road, is Nature Cure & Yoga Research Institute, a wellness centre surrounded by nature ' large waterbodies, ducks wading through, greenery all around and cooing love birds (the feathered variety). With this serenity as the backdrop, the centre teaches naturopathy ' the art that strengthens the body to heal itself without medication.
The institute set up in 1962 was remodelled in 1984 and there have been more facelifts since 2004. “A pleasant surrounding always speeds up a healing process. We want to provide facilities at par with any reputed naturopathy centre,” says secretary Sunil V. Khaitan.
“The total renovation should cost around Rs 2.5 crore. Rs 90 lakh has been spent. The next phase requires expenditure around Rs 50 lakh,” adds Sunil.
A unit of the Nature Cure & Yoga Research Institute trust, the centre has three resident doctors. There is a senior naturopathy consultant and an Ayurveda consultant. Says Nagendra K. Neeraj, the senior naturopathy consultant: “Naturopathy is a process of nature, a self-curative force that helps cure diseases. Ailments are the after effects of wrong thinking, wrong eating and wrong living.”
He adds: “Here our therapies and treatments activate the auto-healing and monitoring system within our body. Yoga, diet or a therapy prescribed to a patient depends on the kind and the spread of the disease.”
| Amud pack has been applied on the model. Picture by Rashbehari Das
Spread over nine acres of land, the centre is one green stretch. On the right are the doctors’ chambers, administrative offices, the Ayurveda centre, recreation room, a physiotherapy centre and the hall where evening yoga sessions take place. A few yards away is the recently renovated dining area overlooking a large pond and acres of green.
On the left is the new state-of-the-art gymnasium and spa.
The rooms adjacent have been given a makeover, very swank. “Currently our accommodation capacity is 43. We are increasing it by 16. More should be added,” says Sunil. Room charges for single occupancy cost between Rs 450 and Rs 3,000 per day.
The colour code of peach and chocolate brown in the rooms brings the feeling of warmth. Special air-conditioned suites with two bedrooms have a common sitting area and a verandah. There is provision for a special therapy cubicle for paralytic and disabled patients. Also available are single air-conditioned cottages. The spacious washrooms with sleek fittings gleam class. There are non-airconditioned economy rooms, too.
Further ahead is the treatment centre, a Radha-Krishna mandir and orchards where banana and lime are grown. Adjacent is the open yoga hall. Seasonal vegetable and herbal plants like neem and tulsi are also grown at the centre.
Cure with care
Treatments take place through hydrotherapy, mud therapy and sun therapy. “These help activate your healing powers within,” says Neeraj.
There are different treatment centres for men and women, more than 2,000 sq ft each. Talks are on for a new women’s treatment centre that would spread over 5,000 sq ft. Treatments on offer are Detoxification, Health Rejuvenation, Health Care, Ever Slim, Nature Cure and Yoga Therapy and De-addiction packages.
The duration of the treatments differs. While Detoxification is a three-day package, Ever Slim is a 15-day package.
Gastro-intestinal, allergy, sinusitis, epilepsy, eczema, rheumatism, hypertension, myopia, alcohol addiction, obesity' the centre promises to cure all. A spinal spray treatment stimulates the nervous system, regulates blood pressure and metabolism and strengthens the spinal cord and muscles. This is helpful for ailments like high blood pressure, menstrual disorders and bronchial asthma.
A few yards away is a mud pool spreading over almost 700 sq ft. “The mud therapy cleanses skin tissue, relieves mental stress and balances blood pressure,” Neeraj adds.
For the Ayurveda corner, the centre has a joint venture with Arya Vaidya Pharmacy (Coimbatore) Ltd. Special treatments include Abhyangam, Dhara, Pizhichil and Udvartanam.
Next in line is rhythmic therapy where dance movements will be incorporated into exercises.